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Post  pinhedz on Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:03 am

blue moon wrote:A cattle rustler and Irish convict or two I suspect. I love being at sea on a trawler.
Garrison Keeler (from Minnesota) liked to say that Australians were relieved of the burden of having to live up to anything, which helped them to not be so bloody English. pirat

I've always wondered what Australians made of the movie "Ned Kelly" (the one starring Mick Jagger) having sound track music sung by an American country singer. Shocked


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Post  blue moon on Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:29 pm

just jagged a scrap of reception passing Yorke Island. 
Am worried. The faux chocolate is starting to taste good. Have mouthful now, washing it down with sweet coffee. 
Am on the back deck. Wind knotting my hair. All sorts of hums and rattles from the engine and the usual groans from a boat with the throttle at full bore. We're trying to outrun the bad windy weather. 
A few random waves over the side. 

This Australian loathed Ned Kelly with Jagger. His performance was an embarrassment. I couldn't watch more than 5 minutes of it. Rubbish. 

Our Sunshine, with Heath Ledger, is infinitely better.

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Post  blue moon on Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:37 pm

Last 24 hours after we hit the open sea were like surfing the apocalypse. 
Not for the faint hearted.

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:02 am

It used to be that no country could win The America's Cup away from the Americans, because the race was always held in Salem Harbor, which was mostly windless. The Americans had developed special lightweight sails and had become highly skilled at sailing with no wind.

Then one year the wind came up, and the Australians won. Shocked

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Post  blue moon on Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:03 am

Oh the abominable wind!
Thanks pinz. I didn't realise that. I remember that race very well. It was a sensation down here. The Prime Minister wanted to give everyone the next day off. 

I was fortunate in that the Samoan deckie on the boat took a critical watch for me. I was to man the wheel around 5am and at that moment was busy throwing up into a sheet that was laying around in my cabin. It meant his watch was a gruelling 10 hours. Bless him. I did rally enough to cook a bacon and scrambled egg and fried mushroom breakfast. 

The boats headed for refit are stripped of all of the processing equipment before we sail, and have minimal fuel and water because they are going to be slipped, sandblasted and painted. So there is no rhythm to their motion in a rough sea. They just bounce around like corks. Four of us go. Skipper, engineer and two deckhands. Except for the engineer we all take turns at the wheel. Be ause I do the cooking the other deckie does a longer watch. 

I can't tell you how grateful I felt when he did my entire watch. 

We arrived in Moresby at lunchtime. Flew to Cairns at 5pm. I'm tucked up in a motel now and fly home tomorrow. 

The return trip is in 3 weeks Shocked

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:35 am

blue moon wrote:Oh the abominable wind!
Thanks pinz. I didn't realise that. I remember that race very well. It was a sensation down here. The Prime Minister wanted to give everyone the next day off.

That must have been 1983--when Australia actually won the cup.

I was thinking of 1962, when Gretel (Australia) raced against Weatherly (US).

That year there was no wind for 4 of the 5 races, but Australia won 1 of the 5 races on the one and only day when the wind came up.

Even though America kept the cup that year, it was the first time a challenger had won even a single race--proving that it could be done.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:32 pm

everyone knows the greatest sailor is Team Oracle USA's Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle Corp, who uses space-age technology to cheat fairly, instead of the other countries who cheat in the olde-fashioned way.  He also sponsors the home of the Golden State Warriors, Oracle Arena ( Roaracle ).







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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:40 pm

Yakima Canutt wrote:everyone knows the greatest sailor is Team Oracle USA's Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle Corp, who uses space-age technology to cheat fairly, instead of the other countries who cheat in the olde-fashioned way.  He also sponsors the home of the Golden State Warriors, Oracle Arena ( Roaracle ).
One might argue, however, that the US team was already practicing high-tech cheating back in the 1960s by using dacron sails instead of canvas.

And what's got into the pinhed to be discussing sports? On the poetry thread? Shocked

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:01 am







i guess they dont have height limits for this stuff?

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:29 pm

Early on they allowed that a boat of the "12-meter" class didn't have to be 12 meters long. That was the beginning of the slippery slope.

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:30 am

Is the implication that the bird collided with the American flag?

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:04 am

yes

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:49 am

Birds need to fly smarter than that.

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Post  blue moon on Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:18 pm

a work in progress
while she waits
she thinks

There's going to be trouble
Old scores to settle
I can feel it in the air

The tattooed man
from the south
The boy with snake-eyes
from his lair.

the clash

O sister O sister beware.

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Post  blue moon on Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:34 pm

Another prayer
Another candle lit
Another stick of incense burned.

For the sick
For the dead
For the dying
For the suicidally depressed.

For my heat-attack friends
Get better.
For Dean and the boy down the road
and young Mitch from the boat.

I see your hands on the rope

A prayer
A lit candle
A stick of incense

For you all I will cover all bets.

Bless. On the occasion of this talk about death

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:28 am

I don't recognize those; are they yours?

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Post  blue moon on Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:38 pm

They are mine Pinz.
I wrote them last night.

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Post  blue moon on Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:32 pm

gear shift
not dead yet

sudden crying in the night
something isn't right
the stranger
the pall of death around him

Enshrouding

The animals
so taken
increasingly uneasy around him

his cheshire grin.

The tattered stranger
from the south.
Tattoos and a gimpy hip.

The wildcat stare

Then there's the boy
the snake-eyes
the challenge
Is there.

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Post  blue moon on Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:54 am

freewheeling

Engine like a cornered lion roars
stops in ringing silence
broken by the sudden blow of breath
withheld no more.

Night phobics creeping
gnarled gnomes uncurling
rabid drool seeping

synapses freaking


The tattooed stranger
from the south
is supposed to be sleeping.

Through the silence creeps the echo of that lion roar.

O sister I see your hands shake.

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:22 am

Those are good--you're talented.

I think the last poem I wrote was a sonnet on Bob's birthday (it might even be somewhere on this thread geek ).

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